Overall 1.5 billion smartphones will ship in 2017, accounting for 3 in 4 mobiles sold, Canalys predicts, and this phenomenal growth to be driven by Androids, made by the likes of Samsung, HTC and Motorola.
Android arch rival Apple will suffer a fall from grace Canalys predicts, - to 14% share of the pie (from its current 20%) - blamed on its lack of affordable devices, unlike Samsung, LG and Co.
However, this forecast could change if Apple release a budget iPhone, as rumored.
But another major surprise in the offing - Apple and Microsoft will be almost neck and neck in the smartphone race, with Canalyst predicting massive growth for the new Windows Phone- set grow to 13% marketshare - thanks to Nokia and Chinese brands.
'Apple's growth will be curtailed by the fact that momentum in the smart phone market is coming from the low end, and Apple is absent from this segment,' said Jessica Kwee, Canalys Analyst.
'Android's continued dominance is due to the scalability of the platform.